Alec Baldwin launched a homophobic Twitter attack on a Daily Mail reporter last night, calling him a “toxic little queen” and urging his followers to “straighten out this fucking little bitch.”

The threats came in response to a Daily Mail article written by George Stark accusing Baldwin’s wife, Hilaria, of sending tweets about smoothie recipes and a wedding anniversary during the funeral of Sopranos star James Gandolfini.

Baldwin responded on Twitter: “Someone wrote that my wife was tweeting at a funeral. Hey. That’s not true. But I’m gonna tweet at your funeral.”

In the series of tweets which followed, he attacked Mr Stark, calling him a “lying little bitch.”

He then threatened violence against the reporter, writing: “I’m gonna find you, George Stark, you toxic little queen, and I’m gonna fuck…you…up.”

Baldwin’s tweets then became increasingly more homophobic, as he carried on his attack: “If [sic] put my foot up your fucking ass, George Stark, but I’m sure you’d dig it too much”

Hilaria has also responded to the article by writing: “I hope that this reporter knows how much pain and drama he has caused from his poor journalism. Lying and bullying are shameful.”

She denied the accusation that she used Twitter during the funeral saying: “I don’t believe in bringing phones into a funeral and I never did and never would.”

She also defended Baldwin’s attack on Stark: “My husband fights for me fiercely. It hurts to be misunderstood and it hurts to see your loved one in pain-even more so when she is pregnant.”

The comments have since been removed from Twitter and Baldwin’s account has been deleted.